Ignite is run by locals, for locals. Fast-paced and merciless, Ignite evenings are fun, thought-provoking nights, full of fresh ideas and clever insights. Speakers get five minutes to present their idea. They make use of twenty slides that auto-advance every fifteen seconds. Ignite serves as a platform for locals to connect offline and have a drink together. All presentations are given in English.
Hugo van de Poel
Hugo has a thing for cats and cat videos. His presentation will take you to the fantastic world of LOLcats and other cat memes. After five minutes you will be totally up-to-date on your online cat knowledge.
Driessens & Verstappen
Amsterdam based artist couple Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen have been working together since 1990. During Ignite Amsterdam 15 they will talk to us about their research into the human urge for purification and standardisation of products like potatoes and bell peppers, and the product Tomato Habitus, that reintroduces us to the common tomato.
José de la O
Anyone living in a big city knows what it's like to lack space to grow your own food. José might have found a solution: window agriculture. An alternative way of practicing urban agriculture when there are no gardens or balconies around.
Rob Wetzer and Sjoerd Knibbeler
Documentary photographers Rob and Sjoerd started the Bonsai Project in 2009. They are fascinated by the condensed experience of nature, and the opportunities that surface concerning cultivating nature.
Jesse van Dijk
Jesse Van Dijk traduced from Delft University of Technology with an MA in Industrial Design Engineering. He worked for a number of smaller game development studios, joined Guerilla Games, and moved to Seattle in 2011 to work for Bungie as a senior concept artist. Here to talk about his work.
In 2008 Olivier started working on Selfcontrolfreak, an ongoing video series by which the viewer causes Otten to perform various actions through prescribed movements of the mouse cursor. This series resulted in an interactive film in January 2012.
In his work, Antal researches the relation between nature and technology. Mold Fight sees various fungi going up against each other in a petri dish stadium.
Jorge's (Sandberg Institute graduate) architectural designs and sculptures reflect the delicate strength of nature.
Arjen has been trying to live without producing any trash since August of 2010. He is documenting this process on a website, and will tell us more about it tonight.
Nicky is interested in making the visible invisible, and the invisible clear. In her work she often combines photography and video into site-specific installations.
Christiaan de Kock
Using a conceptually new approach and state-of-the-art research tools, the first realistic three-dimensional diagram of a thalamocortical column in the rodent brain has been created. Christiaan was one of the scientists working on this (together with CNCR and Max Planck Florida).
Yann worked with mycologist Patrick Hickey to create a musical installation. Using custom built software and hardware, they made a system that reacted in real time to spores falling from mushrooms. The installation has been included in the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition.
Doors open at 8pm, the first speaker kicks off at 8.30pm. Location: Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam. Buy your tickets online. €2.- for members with a valid membership card, €7,- for non-members. Non-members will receive their membership card at the door.